Those who know me on this board know me to be someone who is rabidly against any sort of blind, nationalistic fervor or mindless brow-beating, especially in matters concerning the USA, which to many of us here is our place of birth. However, that does not mean that I condone all the nasty, arrogant, and self-righteous condemnation that Americans often have to deal with, especially from those who originate in Europe. One of the biggest accusations stemming from all that is the criticism that Americans are lazy and narrow-minded because they don't apply for passports and travel to foreign countries as often as Europeans do. Now, I myself have been abroad several times in my life, so I have a very even-handed approach to the matter as both a natural, home-born American and a traveler, and I have to say that the fact that American foreign travel is disproportionate to the amount of traveling that foreigners take part in is perfectly acceptable and healthy, given the special circumstances that are unique to only America. In the meantime, the Europeans who criticize Americans on that basis need to get their heads rewired and think a little bit more with their brains instead of their mouths before trashing the freest and most productive country in the world. Here are my words to those people: Do you European critics not understand the fact that unlike the small little territory that your country occupies, the USA is ENORMOUS in comparison? Our vast country is roughly twice the size of your whole continent, which is where you conduct most of your so-called "international travel." Does everyone get the picture? We have the majority of all earthly climates within our own borders, including sub-tropical climates. Meanwhile, your whole country probably resembles upstate New York. Our own country on its own is big enough for traveling, and the two countries that border our north and south, the ones we visit most, are likewise HUGE in comparison to yours. We also have a far more diverse range of foods, ethnicities, religions, and natural attractions in our own borders than you can ever dream of. And in addition to that, we work the longest hours and have the least vacation time out of the year than any other country, meaning we simply don't have as much time to burn traveling as you do. Please keep the above in mind when you Europeans (or any other foreign nationals) get it in your heads to call Americans lazy or narrow-minded for not traveling abroad because quite simply, unlike you, we don't need to travel abroad in order to get our kicks. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!